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Team Collaborations

The Medal Requirements now include team collaborations as a silver medal requirement. To help facilitate collaborations, we have made this page so teams can share information about ways they wish to collaborate to reach all of the 2018 iGEM teams.

Please note that this is a page for teams to advertise their collaboration requests. This does not guarantee that participating in one of these will fulfill the silver medal criteria. It is still up to you and your teammates to convince the judges that you have participated in a meaningful collaboration as stated on the Medal Requirements page.

Do you want to promote a Collaboration Request?

Send us your request by email: hq AT igem DOT org .

Please include:

  • Name of Collaboration Request
  • Your Team Name
  • Your Team Location (Institution and Country)
  • Your contact information - Contact Name and Email (to be posted online)
  • Brief Collaboration Request description. This can be something that you can offer other teams or something that you are looking for from another team(s).

72. iGEM Safety Collaboration - Safety Cases

Team: UNebraska-Lincoln

Team Location: University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska, United States of America

Contact Information: unligemteam [AT] gmail.com

Description:

Hello!

Last year, our team introduced "Safety Cases", a proactive technique used to visualize the safety of a synthetic biology project and its end goal. We would like to present our idea to every iGEM team this year by asking them to build their own Safety Case using our new user-friendly website: https://unl-igem-test.netlify.com/. All teams that participate will be awarded our official badge of collaboration.

Regards,
UNL iGEM Team

71. Survey about food problem

Team: Botchan Lab Tokyo

Team Location: Tokyo, Japan

Contact Information: Ayano Furuta, igem.tus [AT] gmail.com

Description:

Hi iGEM teams! We need your help. Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey below.I want as many people to fill out the form, so if you can ask your friends or family, please ask them to fill out the forms.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Sx5q3K7PJTlJ4TNtTSLEfEPBmIsNgrYblHqRVWt8m_o/viewform?edit_requested=true

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions! Thank you in advance for your cooperation, and we’re looking forward to seeing you in Boston.

70. Wiki Tutorial

Team: Washington

Team Location: University of Washington, USA

Contact Information: Jay Yung, uwigem [AT] uw.edu

Description:

Hello! Our team this year has created a detailed tutorial for creating and modifying the iGEM wiki pages, and we would love to have your team go through and use our guide to help you through the arduous struggle that is making a wiki. If you're interested, please email us to receive the link!

69. Cloning and Transformation Help Request

Team: McMaster iGEM (mGEM)

Team Location: McMaster University, Ontario, Canada

Contact Information: Thomas Chang, igemmcmaster [AT] gmail.com

Description:

Hi iGEM Teams!

As the Jamboree date approaches (yay!) we are wondering if there are any teams who can help us out with some molecular cloning. We have a backbone plasmid vector (pBAD24) as well as some gene inserts that we require to be ligated in. We are looking for help with ligating our gene inserts into our plasmid, transforming them into a strain of E. coli competent cells and verifying that cloning was successful (ex. colony PCR).

Please contact us for more details if you think you will be able to help! We will ship you our plasmid backbone, insert, and E. coli competent cells for transformation. Unfortunately, due to international shipping restrictions of biological materials, we are primarily looking for Canadian and American iGEM teams.

Cheers,
2018 mGEM

68. Survey on synthetic biology and infectious biofilms

Team: Pasteur_Paris

Team Location: Institut Pasteur, Paris, FRANCE

Contact Information: igem.pasteur [at] gmail.com

Description:

Hello to all iGEM-ers around the world!

We need your help. We have put online our survey for a few months now, for the general public, but also scientists and doctors, to learn about synthetic biology as well as our project « NeuronArch ». With the superb feedback from the French population, we have designed it to look great and translated it to English for all of you to follow. We would love for other iGEM teams to share their knowledge about infectious biofilms and share this survey on their social media so that we can have better results and statistics. As you know, we can all benefit from the constituents of the iGEM competition, in our diversity of gender, age of our peers and cultural background.

Link to the survey

Thank you so much! And best of luck for those still in lab, and please come see us in Boston!

67. Color Q Download

Team: Lambert

Team Location: Lambert High School, Atlanta, Georgia

Contact Information: igem.lamb [AT] gmail.com

Description:

Dear iGEM Community,

This year, Lambert iGEM focused on detecting cholera in water. To achieve this, we have used toehold switches that produce color in correlation with the amount of cholera in the sample. To determine the relative amounts of cholera present, Lambert iGEM developed an app called Color Q to quantify the intensity of color produced by comparing positive and negative control HSV values to experimental values.

We would love for you to download our app and integrate it into your project! Just go to the Google Play Store and search "Lambert iGEM" or "Color Q". Please let us know how you used the app and any feedback or questions you might have. Thank you!

See you at Jamboree!
Lambert iGEM

66. Outreach Activity Booklet Translation

Team: Washington

Team Location: University of Washington, USA

Contact Information: Jay Yung, uwigem [AT] uw.edu

Description:

Hello! Our team this year has created an outreach activity booklet with activities meant for schoolchildren! Our hope is to be able to share this booklet with the iGEM community so that outreach becomes more accessible to every team. To do so, we need your help with translating this booklet from English to other languages! If you would like to collaborate with us by helping us translate the booklet, please contact us at our team email!

65. Wikistats

Team: Rotterdam_HR

Team Location: Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Contact Information: igemteam.hr [AT] gmail.com

Description:

Hey teams!

We made a tool on our website that allows you to see all wiki pages from iGEM teams with their corresponding view count. The tool allows you to scroll through the most viewed pages, this can be used to gather inspiration on specific subpages if you have yet to create it. It can also be used for checking out the most popular iGEM wikis!

We are currently logging all view data per day on a server, which we will present in a future update of the tool. Here you will be able to see how many views each team has in total, and their daily viewcount. This means that cheating on views will be visible for all teams. If you are eager to see the viewdata and can't wait for the update, we have it in raw JSON form.
For the JSONs you can click here:
http://tevd.nl:81/

Here's the link to the wikistats on our website: http://2018.igem.org/Team:Rotterdam_HR/Wikistat

Go and take a look!

See you in Boston,
Team Rotterdam

64. Unmask the shores-Beach clean-up

Team:VIT Vellore

Team Location: Vellore Institute of Technology, India

Contact Information: Sahana Lakshmi Venkatesh, igem2018.vitindia.collab [AT] gmail.com

Description:

Greetings to our fellow iGEMers around the world,
This year our project aims at reducing ocean acidification. Apart from trying to achieve this through genetic engineering, we have also been trying to contribute to reducing the ill-effects of industrialization, ocean acidification and the overall increase of pollution in the recent times. On 17th June, we organized a beach clean up at the world's second longest beach, the beautiful Marina in Chennai and collected around 20 bags of waste .Even if this was a small solution to this problem, we realized how this small act could possibly make a difference in the long run. As part of collaborations, we would like to encourage teams from around the world to visit beaches near them and conduct similar clean-ups .We would love to get photos from your team's beach clean-up to the contact provided.The photos shall also be displayed at the Jamboree. Looking forward to hearing from all of you!

63. Analysing the variability of cell-free expression systems with an interlab experiment

Team: Paris_Bettencourt

Team Location: Paris, France

Contact Information: Darshak Bhatt; Email: paris-bettencourt-2018 [AT] cri-paris.org

Description:

We are the students of the Paris_Bettencourt iGEM team. We wish to do a mini-interlab experiment and collaborate with other iGEM teams. Our aim is to study the variability of cell-free expression system via an interlab experiment.

Please click here to download the collaboration proposal.

62. Emoji Challenge

Team: Nanjing-China

Team Location: Nanjing, China

Contact Information: nanjing_china [AT] 163.com, Twitter: @nanjing__china

Description:

Hey there!

Working in a lab, we could always encounter hilarious things. Such things happen either because of our own amusing mistakes or just because they exist as some kind of memes. To record the happy moments in our lab, we decide to make a collection of Lab emoji. Please send us the emoji made to record the hilarious moments you treasure in your lab time!

If you’d like some examples or more information please contact us!

Hope everything goes well for you!

Love,
iGEM Team Nanjing-China

61. The optimization of prokaryotic expression conditions and expression and purification of CSCA protein

Team: AHUT-China

Team Location: Ma’anshan, China

Contact Information:Yu Zhou, 2017965027 [AT] qq.com

Description:

Dear iGEMer! Hello.

We're looking for a team to help us complete a small experiment: the optimization of prokaryotic expression conditions and expression and purification of CSCA protein.

Experimental materials provided:
Escherichia coli strains (glycerol) transferred to expression plasmid

Material Details:
1) Expression strains: Escherichia coli BL21 (DE3)
2) Expression plasmid: pet-30a (+), kanamycin resistance
3) Expression protein molecular weight: approx. 60Kd
4) Expression protein carrying tag: 6 x his tag

Target:
1) Determine the soluble prokaryotic expression conditions of CSCA protein (can be considered IPTG final concentration of 0.5mM, 37 degrees of inducible expression 4h, 6h, or 15 degrees to induce the expression of 16h, or other temperature or time, etc.);
2) Purified CSCA protein of not less than 1mg, purity of more than 85% (protein with histidine label can be purified with nickel column).

If you have any questions about the cooperation, please contact us by email. We eagerly look forward to your reply!

60. Share your healthy recipe!

Team: HAFS

Team Location: Hankuk Academy of Foreign Studies, South Korea

Contact Information: Kyuhee Jo kyuhee0622 [AT] gmail.com

Description:

Greetings, iGEM-ers!

Do you enjoy cooking? Have you ever noticed the similarity between cooking and experimenting—tea spoons to pipettes, seasoning to buffers, and recipes to protocols? For those who enjoy both cooking and experimenting, you should keep your eyes open to this collaboration project.

This year, our team is working to create a probiotics based solution to diabetes. In doing so, we are teaching the male elderlies who can cook how to cook diabetes-friendly, healthy recipes. We are going to create a handbook that contains healthy recipes to give out to these elderlies.

Granted, we wanted to collect recipes from iGEM teams all around the world, ranging from Asian cuisines to American dishes to any tasty food that you want to share! Our team will create and upload cooking videos for some of the best recipes.

If you want to participate, please send a one paragraph recipe with ingredients and instructions as well as the photo of the final products. The menu can vary from anything such as soup to probiotics yogurt recipe!

59. The Big Online Debate

Team: UCL

Team Location: London, UK

Contact Information: ucl.igem [AT] ucl.ac.uk

Description:

The Big Online Debate - Join us on Kialo, an online debate platform, to discuss whether Genetic Engineering should be easily accessible to the public. Are they capable of creating bioweapons? If so, are they also capable of finding cures for disease? Give your opinion on this debate platform here. Significantly engage with us and you will be considered a collaborating team!

Link to the debate: http://goo.gl/waqYCw

We have invited a series of GM Watch groups to the debate alongside activists in support of GMO's. Whether you get involved or not, this debate is something all iGEM-ers will find interesting as BioBricks aim to facilitate genetic engineering.

58. Characterization of BioBrick composite parts

Team: Valencia_UPV

Team Location: Valencia, Universitat Politècnica de València

Contact Information: igem.upv.2018 [at] gmail.com

Description:

Hey iGEM-ers!

This year our team is working so hard on the characterization of several transcriptional units assembled with the Golden Braid Grammar. However, we would like to compare these assemblies with the same ones resulted from using the BioBrick method. As almost all DNA parts we are using are already present in the Registry of Standard Biological Parts (common pieces such as the BBa_B0015 terminator, promoters from the Anderson collection, RBS from the common collection and reporters like the sfGFP or the mRFP), we think some of you might have assembled them with BioBrick during your projects. Here’s a table with the pieces we are currently using. We are interested in any combination of these parts.

Thus, if you have any transcriptional unit combining some of our promoters, CDS, RBS and terminator, you can easily help us sending it to us so we can characterize and compare that composite part with ours.

Good luck, we are looking forward to seeing you all in Boston!

Valencia_UPV

57. iGEM 2018 Science/Art Photo Contest

Team: EPFL

Team Location:EPFL, Switzerland

Contact Information: Violette Zanotti, violette.zanotti [at] epfl.ch

Description:

Bring Science Out of Your Lab!

This year, the EPFL iGEM team would like to give the opportunity to iGEMers from all over the world to compete on a new level… Art! We know that you are all stuck in your labs until the competition, therefore we will make it easier for you: the contest is about artistic images from your experiments!
Indeed we are convinced that art is a domain in which people from all backgrounds can appreciate. This is therefore a way for us to open the dialog about our project and more broadly, about synthetic biology with the public.
The rules are simple: each team is allowed to submit maximum 3 images of their choice before the 21th of September 2018 23:59 CEST (Central European Summer Time) in this google form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf0CYXTy5rG6DbH5u2XoasOCgqH31_PnGyyhI3FBX1sIz_MVg/viewform?usp=pp_url
The best images will be carefully selected by our team and displayed during an exposition in Lausanne. We will base our choice on the following criterion: how well does the image combine art and science?
As we do not want to discriminate teams which may not have access to high quality equipment to take photos, we do not put a minimum resolution. But please keep in mind that we will only be able to print images of a high enough resolution, so please take your photos with the best resolution you can !
We will of course offer a prize to the 3 teams that impressed us the most. We will keep secret what it is until the Giant Jamboree… See you all in Boston!!
(You need a google account in order to submit a file. If you do not have one, please let us know per email at violette.zanotti [at] epfl.ch)

56. Synthetic Biology Survey

Team: Thessaloniki

Team Location: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Contact Information: Yvoni Giannoula, igemthess [AT] gmail.com

Description:

Dear fellow iGEMers,

We have created a survey about synthetic biology, laboratory work, safety and ethics that is addressed to experienced scientists working on the synthetic biology field. We would appreciate it if you could forward this survey to your instructors and advisors. You can find the survey's link here: https://goo.gl/forms/xigcfX3wmFpywlMo2

Thank you in advance for your help.
On behalf of iGEM Thessaloniki,
Yvonne

55. Come Join iGEM Guidebook Questionnaire

Team: Warwick

Team Location: University of Warwick, United Kingdom

Contact Information: iGEM [AT] warwick.ac.uk

Description:

Dear fellow iGEMers, we are designing a guidebook detailing the journeys of all iGEM participants who major in degrees other than the conventional iGEM-related degrees such as biology and chemistry. The book aims to introduce the essential resources needed to effectively participate in iGEM. We hope that with this guidebook, we can promote and draw students from other disciplines such as Law, Economics etc. to be actively involved in iGEM. In order to produce this guidebook, we would like for you to fill in this questionnaire in order to share your experiences and hopefully, pave the way for iGEM to be more inclusive of other degrees!

Here is the link to our survey: https://goo.gl/forms/9VG621LZEF4aH9qC3

If you are interested in helping us out, please do fill in our survey in order to help future iGEMers. Please do not hesitate in contacting us for more information or collaboration opportunities.

We look forward to your responses, see you soon at the Jamboree!

Lots of love,
Team Warwick

54. Funniest Failure Experience

Team: Fudan-CHINA

Team Location: Fudan University, Shanghai, China

Contact Information: Kaifeng Jin, 16301050182 [AT] fudan.edu.cn

Description:

Hey iGEM teams! We from team Fudan-CHINA are collecting interesting or impressive reasons for failed experiments. A brochure will be designed, printed and handed out at Giant Jamboree to share these interesting experiences. Please email us if you want to take part. Thank you a lot! (If you don’t know what it means, here is an example: we had one of our DNA gel electrophoresis run with 180V for 30min so our valuable product of two days work all went into the TAE. When our team leader saw it, he shouted out, ‘what??????’ )

Our email address: 16301050182 [AT] fudan.edu.cn

53. Comic Book Popularization Request

Team: OUC-China

Team Location: Ocean University of China, Qingdao, Shandong, China

Contact Information: OUC-iGEMers; E-mail:oucigem [AT] 163.com

Description:

Hey, we are OUC-China!

Firstly, We have finished a comic book which is about synthetic biology. Thanks for some iGEM team's support and participation in translation. The comic book has been translated into many language. Now we have Chinese, English, French, German, Russian, Italian, Greek, Catalan version. If you can translate it into other languages, also welcome to email(oucigem [AT] 163.com) us. The translation deadline is September,20.

Secondly, given that the purpose of our comic book is to propagandize Synthetic Biology, we wonder if it is possible for your team to give publicity to people in your city using this comic book. We gave out some of these brochures at our local schools and explained the details in the lecture. These children like it very much and ask us some interesting questions about synthetic biology, which make us realize the importance of science popularizatin in an effective and interesting way. If you gain enough time to do this work, you can send us your plan about Synthetic Biology popularization and we will send you the comic book. You just need to print it yourself. Then send us some activity photos. We are also very glad to accept some advice on this comic book.

If you want to collaborate with us, welcome to e-mail(oucigem [AT] 163.com) us.

2018 OUC-iGEM

52. Offering help for silver medal criteria "collaboration"

Team: Duesseldorf

Team Location: Heinrich Heine University, Germany

Contact Information: igem [AT] hhu.de

Description:

Hey everyone!

We're still looking for iGEM Teams that we can assist in their work.

We offer: various biochemical analytic methods, plate reader measurements, fluorescent microscopy, (virtual) cloning and more.

Please contact us if you think there could be something we could do for you and if you are interested in achieving your silver medal criteria.

Lots of love
iGEM Team Düsseldorf

51. Follow Me To iGEM

Team: Bulgaria

Team Location: Sofia, Bulgaria

Contact Information: igem.bulgaria2017 [at] gmail.com , Facebook: @iGEMbg , Instagram: @igem.bulgaria

Description:

Dear iGEMers,

Our team has a tradition to take photos of the type “Follow me to” at every place we visit – together or only part of us. That’s why we decided to spread our idea for a collaboration.

Take a “FollowMeTo” photo of you and your teammate(s) at a special place in your town. It can be your lab, a famous place of the town or even your team’s drinking spot. The only condition is that there should be something linked to iGEM – you can be with your labcoats, holding a pipette, or whatever you want. Then post the photos on Instagram with hashtag #FollowMeToiGEM . If you don’t have Instagram account you can send us 1-3 photos with a short description of the place and the name of your team on our email.

We are looking forward for your photos!
Much love,
Team Bulgaria

50. Variability crushes the system - Interlaboratory Collaboration

Team: Thessaloniki

Team Location: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Contact Information: Yvoni Giannoula, igemthess [AT] gmail.com

Description:

Our team is working on designing a system to increase robustness of measurements by decoupling gene expression from copy number. We are searching for teams willing to conduct measurements with our constructs in order to compare results from around the world and find out if our system diminishes interlaboratory variations caused by differences in plasmid copy number. For more information and specifications please contact us.

49. Help us Build Our Promoter Tool

Team: Manchester

Team Location: University of Manchester, United Kingdom

Contact Information: Ed Deshmukh-Reeves / manchesterigemteam2018 [AT] gmail.com

Description:

This year we are designing a biosensor for Listeria monocytogenes in soft cheese starter cultures. As part of our project we want to build a toolkit of promoter sequences suitable for both E. coli and L. lactis and we are currently designing a predictive model to simulate promoter strength based on conserved features. We would love to expand our tool to be used with other synthetic biology chassis and turn this system into something that can be useful for other iGEM teams. Working on this tool with us is a great way to tick your silver medal collaboration criteria. We would love to work with any teams who have any new promoter sequences that they are planning on submitting to the registry, so that we can build this tool together. If this sounds like something your team would be interested in, please send us the following information:

We will definitely require:
- The sequence of the promoter(s) you wish to add to the iGEM toolkit
- Which bacterial species (one, two or many) you would like to optimise this promoter sequence for

It would be useful (but not compulsory) to send us:
- A bacterial species for which this promoter has been characterised already, either in a publication (please include a reference) or by you as part of your project
- The associated activity for this promoter or your intentions for the promoters strength (e.g., low, medium or high relative expression levels)

What you will get from us:
- Predicted relative promoter strength data, and possibly helpful suggestions how to further optimise the promoter sequences (if our tool works)
- A clear-cut opportunity to meet the requirements for a silver medal collaboration

We look forward to working with you.

48. The iGEM Plastic Lab

Team: Westminster UK

Team Location: London, United Kingdom

Contact Information: igem.westminster.2018 [AT] gmail.com

Description:

Greetings, fellow iGEMers! This year, we want to take the iGEM goes green campaign a step further and work on methods of reducing laboratory plastic waste.

We have made an introduction video for the campaign that some teams helped us collaborate on together: https://youtu.be/v8JLuo7mDFE

If you want to help us out and provide us with some of your own ideas on how to implement the 3 R's in iGEM labs, please do contact us!

Good luck with your projects, we are looking forward to seeing you in Boston!

47. Building an interactive website for Protein Sequence Space Exploration!

Team: Vilnius-Lithuania-OG

Team Location: Vilnius University (Lithuania)

Contact Information: Laurynas Karpus, laurynas.karpus [AT] gmail.com

Description:

The protein sequence space is immensely large and diverse. We, Vilnius-Lithuania Overgraduate Team, feel that it is important to allow people from all over the world to see just how big and remarkable it truly is. Thus, our goal is to build an interactive website that will allow to explore the physical manifestation of protein sequence space, just like in the planet and star exploration websites we love so much!

We are looking for Teams to collaborate in this project. The activities we currently need to fill are:
1) Website solutions and coding (~ 2 teams)
2) Art and design (~2 teams)
3) Solutions to translate protein sequence space into 3 dimensions in a most elegant way. (~1 team)


We really hope you will find this little project as exciting as we do!
Kind regards,
2018 Vilnius-Lithuania Overgraduate Team

46. Push Your Push Via Our Platform

Team: ECUST

Team Location: East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, China

Contact Information: ecustigem [AT] yeah [DOT] net

Description:

Hey iGEMers!

We know all iGEM teams are doing amazing projects and Team ECUST would like to make them accessible to more people. Wechat Subscription is a platform available to everyone on which we can publish articles (we call them Wechat Push), and Team ECUST is running a subscription about iGEM. Therefore, if you are interested in making your project known by more people, you can send your project description to us and we will help in typesetting and publishing the article on our platform. Click here to see the description of ECUST (English version)https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/DCOHbCmIO_SidJkkZfW63Q, Chinese version here https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/tWKQTuiY2mFci0yVFsI-iA

Given the limitation of space, we hope the English script of your project description can be within about 1,200 words and if necessary, we can offer to translate your English version into Chinese (first come, first served).

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Sincerely,
The 2018 ECUST iGEM Team

45. Team Communication and Issues Survey

Team: Imperial College

Team Location: London, United Kingdom

Contact Information: official.imperial.igem [at] gmail.com

Description:

Dear fellow iGEMers,

We need your help. We’re sure that during the progression of the project, you have come to understand how crucial communication is for members within a team, and the lack of can be detrimental to the team and result in reduced efficiency, productivity, and most importantly affecting the wellbeing of the team members.

We had our challenges when it came to getting along and tensions were high, but we have come a long way since then and we have decided that we do not want anything like that to happen again, not just for ourselves but for all.

We have decided to develop an app that allows every member of the team an equal opportunity to voice their opinions and concerns. In order to design our app and ensure its effectiveness, we need help from the iGEM community. We have designed this survey on google poll for individual team members to fill out; the aim of this survey is to understand what difficulties other teams have faced (or may still be going through) when it comes to team communication. We understand that the topic we wish to discuss is sensitive by its nature, but we assure you that we will maintain as much anonymity as possible. The survey has been designed to not record any personal or institute names. We will only be using this survey to get an idea of what content to include in our app, we will not be using it for any other purpose.

Our only aim with this project is to further our understanding of issues faced by teams and design tools to help deal with them.

Here is the link to our Google survey:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScj_2MJxT28Ta5bpP6KbsO-9dsiG4U4nq9GBq3tIVWi9tWbLw/viewform?usp=sf_link

Along the same lines of communication, we have also designed a science communication guideline, as another issue that we see in our field is inconsistency when it comes to sharing information with non-scientists and the general public. To help scientist tackle this, we have designed this interactive guide, which is still in its early phase, but we would appreciate any feedback that you could give us on its usefulness and any ways that we could improve it.

If you were to fill out the survey or use the communication guide, please do let us know so that we can add you to our collaborations page and link your wiki to ours.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Lots of iGEM love,

Team Imperial

44. London iGEM trouble shooting meet-up

Teams: Imperial College, UCL, KCL UK, Westminster UK

Team Location: London, United Kingdom

Contact Information: official.imperial.igem [at] gmail.com ; ucl.igem [at] ucl.ac.uk ; igem.westminster.2018 [at] gmail.com ; kcligem [at] gmail.com

Description:

We, the London university teams (Imperial, UCL, King’s and Westminster), are organising a social meet-up at King’s College London on the 16th of September where we will share issues that each team is facing and collectively solve them together. We believe that even though we are competing against each other in the iGEM competition, we are all still part of the same iGEM family, and family help each other always. So we, your London siblings, are calling out to all our sibling iGEM teams across the UK and further to join us at KCL where we can meet, talk and solve our problems together.

If you would like to come, please do email us so we can have an understanding of numbers and can manage space accordingly.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Lots of iGEM love,

Team Imperial, UCL, KCL and Westminster

43. London Synthbio and iGEM outreach

Teams: Imperial College, UCL, KCL UK, Westminster UK

Team Location: London, United Kingdom

Contact Information: official.imperial.igem [at] gmail.com ; ucl.igem [at] ucl.ac.uk ; igem.westminster.2018 [at] gmail.com ; kcligem [at] gmail.com

Description:

We, the London university teams (Imperial, UCL, King’s and Westminster), are organising an outreach event aimed towards high school students, introducing them to synthetic biology and iGEM. We plan on having key note speakers, a panel style talk and a poster session of the current iGEM team’s projects. We would like to invite all iGEM teams, close and far, to come take part in our event by presenting their posters to teenagers and showing them the scope of synthetic biology.

If you would like to present, please do email us so we can have an understanding of numbers and can manage space accordingly.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Lots of iGEM love,

Team Imperial, UCL, KCL and Westminster

42. Working with Bacteriophages: A Primer

Team: IISc-Bangalore

Team Location: Indian Institute of Science, India

Contact Information: Bhaskar Kumawat
kbhaskar [AT] iisc.ac.in
iisc.igem2018 [AT] gmail.com

Description:

As a team working with phages for the first time, we are realizing that there are a lot of things that need to be taken into account when doing so. A significant portion of our phage team's efforts went into troubleshooting and resolving issues with very common experiments (like the plaque assay). To ensure that no future teams face similar problems, we are working on a brief list of commandments for phage work that we think every team should necessarily practice. As such, we request all the teams who have previously worked (or are currently working) with phages to send us tips and enhancements to phage protocols that they've used. This list of suggestions will be compiled into a single point resources for all iGEM teams in the future.

There's no set deadline for this collaboration because we can keep on adding new things to the primer, but we'll suggest you send in your submissions by 31st August.

See you at the Jamboree!

41. Verifying Degredation Switch Model

Team: Edinburgh UG

Team Location: University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

Contact Information: Freddie Starkey, edinburghigem2018 [AT] gmail.com

Description:

We in Team Edinburgh UG are looking for a team we can collaborate with in order to verify the results of our mathematical modelling work in the wet lab. We have created a model to predict the activation time of a DNA degrading killswitch device however unfortunately we are running short on wet lab time in which to verify our predictions and obtain data to further improve our model. If you would be interested in helping us out and participating in what we believe would be a very fruitful collaboration please don't hesitate to contact us for more information.

40. Multi-function collaboration

Team: AFCM-EGYPT

Team Location: Egypt

Contact Information: igem.afcm [AT] gmail.com or mahmoudabdelgawad0000 [AT] gmail.com ( Mahmoud AbdelGawad)

Description:

Hey, iGEMers everywhere!
Greetings from the land of pharaohs!
As this is our third time to participate in the competition, we decided to have a greater impact this year.

Our Bioinformaticians and IT members would like to cooperate with other teams and offer them a helping hand in the following topics:
• Retrieval and analysis of the genetic network related to certain diseases with high ranking score and low false discovery rate using public microarray databases
• Drug-protein interaction optimization and docking using Chimera and/or PyMOL
• Pathway enrichment for determined gene(s)

Translations:
We can help in translating different documents to arabic or english and help in distributing surveys on our students so you can have better results and statistics . We'll be glad if you contact us at igem.afcm [AT] gmail.com to start our collaboration or for any further enquiries!

39. A better iGEM for future teams!

Team: Uppsala

Team Location: Uppsala, Sweden

Contact Information: Elin Ramström & Matilda Brink, projectleader [AT] igemuppsala.se

Description:

This year, besides on working on our main project, our human practices group works on behalf of every future iGEM Team developing a booklet about burn outs and how to prevent it. At least in iGEM Uppsala we have a history with dedicated people struggling with this matter. This should never happen in iGEM which is why we work to prevent it!

Right now we are gathering information from other teams than Uppsala so for future iGEM Teams sake, please fill in our survey about the work environment during iGEM Projects and send it to your team members and previous teams! We would be very grateful.

Link to form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeWUVgq_Dm1nZTH6d8_JYZohyt8Gwf_sMTF1MaoWJLEjndQXg/viewform?usp=send_form

38. Survey Assessment: Creating a better iGEM environment for you

Team: UC San Diego

Team Location: La Jolla, California

Contact Information: Kalyani Kottilil, kkottili [AT] ucsd.edu

Description:

Hey iGEM-ers! We are looking for your feedback to look for ways in which we can work together and improve the overall iGEM and synthetic biology experience.

Please fill out the following survey:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc7L7ThdOaoR4atYHG82HBqZv_ZGw7GDmAXkudnaLeIB86MVg/viewform

It's a super quick form, and the information that we gather from you will prove important in building a better environment for all people who want to be involved in synthetic biology. We will acknowledge any teams that participate and wish to be recognized.

Thanks so much!
iGEM UC San Diego 2018

37. Comic Book Translation Request

Team: OUC-China

Team Location: Ocean University of China, Qingdao, Shandong, China

Contact Information: OUC-iGEMers; E-mail: oucigem [AT] 163.com

Description:

Hey, we are OUC-China! We have finished a comic book which is about synthetic biology. By doing this, we want to let more and more people know about synthetic biology all over the world. Thus we want to translate it into several different languages. Now we have contact several teams who can translate it into English, Estonian, Russian, French, German, Italian, Catalan, Spanish.If you can translate it into other languages, welcome to email(oucigem@163.com) us. The translation deadline is September,20.

36. Cancer Relapse Detection - CRISPR-Cas12a (Cpf1) for point-of-care Implementation

Team: EPFL

Team Location: Lausanne, Switzerland

Contact Information: Samuel Gomez, e-mail: samuel.gomez [AT] epfl.ch

Description:

Our team is focused on the development of a new therapeutic approach to target melanoma cancer using immunotherapy method, with a focus on vaccines. Furthermore, the project aims to integrate personalised medicine approaches, including a non-invasive follow-up assay that targets miRNA and circulating-tumour DNA (ctDNA fragments from the cancer cells that circulate in the blood) as biomarkers for relapse detection.

One of our goals is develop our detection scheme into a portable point-of-care assay. We would also like to collaborate on increasing sensitivity and specificity of our detection assay and to compare with other methods of detection that use CRISPR-Cas12a. We are also working on the possibility of a quantitative colorimetric scheme ( for Cas13a as well ) that will replace fluorescent readouts in order to quantify the amount of ctDNA we have in the blood. In addition to this, we are interested in teams that are developing better storage conditions for CRISPR-Cas12a as well as teams that have experience with product (kit) development ( and 3D printers ) as are working on the possibility of developing a kit for our assay, including the step of ctDNA isolation from blood/plasma/serum.

We would be open to collaborate with teams that are working on any of these aspects of our project in any way possible. We wish all teams the best of luck in their endeavours. See you guys in Boston!

35. Cancer Relapse Detection - CRISPR-Cas12a (Cpf1) and Dumbbell Probes (Rolling Circle Amplification)

Team: EPFL

Team Location: Lausanne, Switzerland

Contact Information: Samuel Gomez, e-mail: samuel.gomez [AT] epfl.ch

Description:

Our team is focused on the development of a new therapeutic approach to target melanoma cancer using immunotherapy method, with a focus on vaccines. Furthermore, the project aims to integrate personalised medicine approaches, including a non-invasive follow-up assay that targets miRNA and circulating-tumour DNA (ctDNA fragments from the cancer cells that circulate in the blood) as biomarkers for relapse detection.

We aim to use CRISPR-Cas12a to detect chromosomal rearrangements in ctDNA (a unique sequence of ctDNA specific to the cancer cells of approximately 60-bp). We are looking for collaborations with teams that are working with, or have previously worked with CRISPR-Cas12a or Cas13a to detect mutations or genetic sequences, as well as experience in producing and purifying this protein.

Another very important biomarker for cancer relapse is miRNA. We are designing dumbbell probes in order to perform rolling circle amplification of miRNA, we are also working on the development of a script to simplify these probe designs from miRNA, and the detection will also be using CRISPR-Cas12a proteins.

We would be open to collaborate with teams that are working on any of these aspects of our project in any way possible. We wish all teams the best of luck in their endeavours. See you guys in Boston!

34. Wiki Webscraper

Team: Virginia

Team Location: University of Virginia, USA

Contact Information: virginia.igem [AT] gmail.com

Description:

We made a wiki webscraper that pulls current project descriptions from all 2018 iGEM wiki pages. We created this tool to more easily find other teams to collaborate with who have projects that are similar to ours. This tool is versatile; with the right "filters" and a bit of editing, you can also pull data like wetlab procedures, Human Practices, and past year's projects that are similar to your project. We have a command-line interface and GUI available; if you would like to use our tool, please visit our GitHub page: https://github.com/Virginia-iGEM/igem-wikiscraper or contact us via email if you have any questions.

33. Survey on Chassis Bacteria and Nicotine

Team: SKLMT-China

Team Location: Shandong University, China

Contact Information: sklmt.china.igem [at] gmail [dot] com to Mr. Gao

Description:

Dear iGEMers!
We have created a survey that we would love for all iGEMers to take. We’re gathering some information about the usage of bacteria chassis in your lab, and information of nicotine in different areas, as we’re working on a nicotine project using Pseudomonas fluorescens as our chassis. If your team could finish these problems, you would do a great help to our project, and therefore we would have a nice collaboration. And we would appreciate it if you could share our survey with non-iGEMers as well.
Here’s the survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScAub3_J0m18up-nsLAJzSm-nbf_AQe5vOGZ52H37t-lPYJbQ/viewform
If you have other interesting thoughts or advice, please contact us! We would be glad to learn about your idea and acknowledge your help on our wiki!

32. WorldWide Video Collaboration “Labs Like You”

Team: TecCEM

Team Location: Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, Campus Mexico State (Mexico City)

Contact Information: igem.tec.cem [at] gmail.com - +52 (55) 19269772

Description:

We are planing to make a song video where we want all the teams to participate. The music video is called “Labs Like You” and is inspired in Maroon 5’s song “Girls Like You”. If you are willing to collaborate, we will send you a tutorial video wich will explain how to record your team scene. The inscription deadline is the August 3rd.
Facebook: IGEM TEC CEM

31. Recombination Strategies

Team: UConn

Team Location: University of Connecticut, Connecticut, USA

Contact Information: uconnigem [at] gmail.com

Description:

This year, our team is interested in “knocking out” certain genes from the genome of E. coli but initially struggled with finding a way to do so. We began to look into recombineering; we’d heard of CRISPR through science news and past Jamborees and recognized lambda-red recombineering from reading past wikis, but we were unsure how to design recombineering experiments ourselves. We’ve done a lot of reading to plan the experiments for our lambda-red recombineering knockouts, and we wanted to know how your team approached recombination and the outcomes of your efforts.

Our team is interested in collaborating to put together a guide to recombination strategies in E. coli, similar to what TU Eindhoven did in 2015 for cloning (https://2015.igem.org/wiki/images/9/9a/TU_Eindhoven_The_Cloning_Guide.pdf), and we need your help! We have made a set of questions to facilitate discussion about the recombineering system that you used, and we will compile them to make one cohesive guide.

If you’re interested in participating, send us an email and we’ll get you the questions. Looking forward to collaborating with you!

30. Bio-Bricking Tool (BBrickIt!)

Team: ICT-Mumbai

Team Location: Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, India

Contact Information: Supriya S. Prakash, email: igemteamictmumbai [at] gmail.com

Description:

We attempted to create a Bio-Bricking tool that makes your work easier. Just enter the gene sequence and the tool will automatically Bio-Brick the part for you following the rules. Furthermore it checks for cutters too!! Download the .exe file from our iGEM GitHub repository: https://github.com/igemsoftware2018/Team_ICT_Mumbai and run :)

Feedback and suggestions for improvements are most welcome!!

29. Plant Project

Team: Cardiff Wales - RNAphId

Team Location: Cardiff University, Wales

Contact Information: Lily Thomas- thomaslm13 [at] cardiff.ac.uk or Emily Heath HeathEA [at] cardiff.ac.uk

Description:

We are seeking to collaborate with anther plant team- we are open to suggestions on how anyone could offer us any help! We can offer other teams support by testing their promotors or constructs in a plant system!

28. Mike the Microbe

Team: US AFRL CarrollHS

Team Location: Carroll High School located in Dayton, Ohio

Contact Information: igem [at] carrollhs.org, Twitter: @iGEMLabPats, or Instagram: @igemlabpats

Description:

Hello fellow iGEMers! We are excited to announce that Mike the Microbe is back! We invite every iGEM team to participate in our collaboration. Just print out Mike the Microbe, take a picture with him, either with your team or in the lab, and tag us on social media/send it to us. If you are interested in participating, please contact us to receive Mike. We can't wait to see all the creative pictures!

27. Build Your Wiki Faster!

Team: Virginia

Team Location: University of Virginia, United States of America

Contact Information: virginia.igem [at] gmail.com

Description:

Haven't started your wiki yet?
We created a wiki-build tool that allows you to automate your workflow on your wiki. With the build tool, you can upload all your pages (HTML, CSS, JavaScript) and images with one command all at once. Additionally, this tool allows you to iterate faster, as you can edit your website locally on your desktop and immediately see the changes you made. If you're interested in using this tool or want to help improve this tool by making it more user friendly, we would love to collaborate with you! Our email is virginia.igem [at] gmail.com.
With love,
Virginia iGEM

26. Survey on Dual Use and Dual Use Research of Concern

Team: iGEM Bielefeld-CeBiTec

Team Location: Bielefeld (Germany)

Contact Information: Irina Rais, e-Mail: info [at] igem-bielefeld.de

Description:

Dear iGEM community,
we prepared a survey on the state of knowledge about the topics Dual Use and Dual Use Research of Concern in which scientists from different German universities participated. To get an international outlook on the state of knowledge and to make comparisons, there is now a new, international version. We would be very happy if a large number of you would take part!
https://www.soscisurvey.de/DualUseResearchofConcern/
Thank you and best wishes!
iGEM Bielefeld-CeBiTec 2018

25. After iGEM get together

Team: Tec-Monterrey

Team Location: ITESM, Monterrey, Mexico

Contact Information: igemtecmonterrey [at] gmail.com

Description:

The 2018 Tec-Monterrey team is organizing a special event after our National Congress of Sciences (September 14-15, at ITESM) where participants will be able to share their experiences over a discussion panel and a small networking session . If any team is interested in collaborating (video conferences can be arranged), please contact us!

24. Survey on Public Engagement of iGEM Teams

Team: UCopenhagen

Team Location: University of Copenhagen

Contact Information:Natthawut Max Adulyanukosol igemku2018 [AT] gmail.com

Description:

Dear present and past iGEMers,

Everyone knows iGEM really wants to put the science, the fun, and the cooperation into focus. The spotlight is now on all of us iGEMers to make sure we can go forth, engage more people, and do it well!

We would like to invite everyone to join us in learning how we approach public engagement and how can go further engaging the public. Please help us fill in this survey: http://bit.ly/igem-survey Let’s share the experience, the good times and the struggles. Cooperation is the keyword here.

Our team will collect your insights, analyse them, and present the findings to the iGEM community. We will help you promote your social media channels as well.

Ultimately, we will unite in spreading the word of iGEM and synthetic biology to the world!

Cheers,
University of Copenhagen iGEM 2018 Team

23. Language Project

Team: IIT-Madras

Team Location: IIT-Madras, India

Contact Information: igem [AT] smail.iitm.ac.in

Description:

Are you interested in making educational Synthetic Biology videos in your native language? We have already done it in English, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati and Hindi.

Look at our work here bit.ly/lang_proj

Collaborate with us, we will send you the English script, translate it into your native language and record an audio of the script and send it to us!

Excited to have you on board, we will be more than happy to list and acknowledge your help on our list of Collaborations, Wiki and YouTube videos.

22. ChassiDex Data

Team: IIT-Madras

Team Location: IIT-Madras, India

Contact Information: igem [AT] smail.iitm.ac.in

Description:

ChassiDex is a database of host organisms containing all the information needed to work with the organism listed. Have a look at the database here http://chassidex.org/

Are you working with a "different" chassis?

Help us out by filling this Google form with the necessary information, your entry will be curated and put up on our database. We will be happy to acknowledge your contribution on both our database and on our Wiki.

https://goo.gl/forms/b5tDcKSiTRYXFMxt2

21. -US COLLAB -

Team: Exeter

Team Location: University of Exeter, United Kingdom

Contact Information: Nahnsu Dawkins , exeteruniversityigem [AT] gmail.com

Description:

Dear US iGEM teams,
We are collecting water quality reports from US local councils or water purification plants for a water assay of your drinking water, specifically testing for perchlorate.
Many thanks,
Exeter iGEM

20. Water Samples--H2O NO!

Team: ULaverne Collab

Team Location: University of La Verne (USA)

Contact Information: ulvigemteam [AT] gmail.com

Description:

Hello iGEM Teams!

If any other teams are looking for microplastics, toxicants, antibiotics, etc. in water, we have wastewater samples and water treatment plant samples that are from Los Angeles County. We are open to discussing how we can collaborate and possibly share our resources. Any teams that are also testing water samples may be able to share data on what they find. Data on microplastics is ideal, but toxicant data is also helpful, specifically organic pollutants (OPs) or endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). If you are interested, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you!

Warm regards,
ULV iGEM 2018

19. Worst Gel Electrophoresis Scrapbook

Team: UNebraska-Lincoln

Team Location: University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska, United States of America

Contact Information: unligemteam [AT] gmail.com

Description:

Hello Again!

Our team is looking to do a fun collaboration. We want as many teams as possible to email us their WORST gel electrophoresis run and a backstory to go with it. Our team will compile the images to make an iGEM scrapbook and add it to our wiki.

We will have some type of voting to decide a third, second, and first place winner. The medal winners will be presented with a badge that they can place on their wiki and/or presentation. A big thank you to all the teams that choose to participate.

Sincerely,
UNL iGEM Team

18. Proof Reading Help

Team: Nottingham

Team Location: University of Nottingham

Contact Information: aayvl1 [AT] nottingham.ac.uk

Description:

Hi There! All members of our team are fully fluent in English language and English grammar. We would love to offer a proof reading service, where we would proof read your team's wiki to check for any grammar errors. This collaboration request is targeted towards iGEM teams where English is not your first language. To take part in this collaboration, please send your team name and wiki link to the email above. Thank you!

17. Burn General Knowledge Survey

Team: TecCEM

Team Location: Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, Campus Mexico State (Mexico City)

Contact Information: igem.tec.cem [AT] gmail.com

Description:

We are organizing a survey in order to capture information about different treatments of burns around the world, the prevention that is held in your country and how are the statistics in it. If you want to help us, please answer our survey that will help us in our project, because we are looking forward to develop a new treatment for burned people, that will reduce the time of hospitalization and help skin regeneration. The following survey link is: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd-FEF-lBXEwtLbkbtkaOUeUX4wNstMK8ytGT7EAjLUCjkhzA/viewform?usp=sf_link

Facebook: IGEM TEC CEM

16. LatinAmerica iGEM Group

Team: TecCEM

Team Location: Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, Campus Mexico State (Mexico City)

Contact Information: igem.tec.cem [AT] gmail.com

Description:

We are organizing a collaboration and troubleshooting group for all the LatinAmerican iGEM teams in order to create a common front in the competition, so please contact us to join the group where you can search for collaborations, inspire teams, or search for help to solve any problem that your team has.

Facebook: IGEM TEC CEM

15. Invasive Species Survey

Team: UNebraska-Lincoln

Team Location: University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska, United States of America

Contact Information: unligemteam [AT] gmail.com

Description:

Dear iGEMers,

Our team is working on creating an effective bait for the Emerald Ash Borer Beetle, an invasive species to North America. You can learn more by contacting us via email and we'll be happy to discuss our project!

We have created a quick 10 question survey that we would love for all iGEMers to take. If your team members choose to participate, we will present your team with a badge of contribution. We would really appreciate it if you could share a variant of our survey with non-iGEMers as well.

Please follow this link to access the survey (iGEMers): https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TRJKVD8
Please share this survey link (non-iGEMers): https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TR3PD3G

Best Wishes!

14. Entrepreneurship in iGEM

Team: Tec Chihuahua

Team Location: Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Mexico.

Contact Information: iGEM Tec Chihuahua 2018 igemtecchihuahua [AT] gmail.com

Description:

Greetings from iGEM Tec-Chihuahua!

We are currently working on an entrepreneurship manual which iGEM teams could rely on for the development of the entrepreneurial section of their projects. We hope that this manual can be used in forthcoming editions of the competition so teams may have a suitable guide which they can draw upon. It is our intention for this guide to include situations that different iGEM teams of all around the word experience while exploring the entrepreneurial field. Thus, we invite you to collaborate with us and with the iGEM community by sending us questions and concerns that have arisen while managing this section of your projects. iGEM Tec-Chihuahua will consult different experts and share with you the best solutions. We will also include your questions and concerns with their respective answers in our manual for future reference.

Attached to this message, you will find a Google Form to receive your support on the development of this manual. We include some questions to gather statistics about entrepreneurship in iGEM and a section for you to share with us feedback for this manual.

The deadline for filling this Google Form is July 18 and iGEM Tec-Chihuahua will send the corresponding answers to each team the first week of August.

We wish you the best for your projects.

Thank you so much!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfooEx-ve4OCPklJeNpG8nAMcSc6Uyx-kIwyoFnOpaiFC3u_w/viewform?usp=sf_link
In case you can’t open the file, please let us know

13. Acinetobacter baylyi ADP1 support

Team: NAWI Graz

Team Location: TU and KFU Graz, Austria

Contact Information: office [AT] igem-graz [DOT] at

Description:

Hello iGEMers

As we are investigating a possibility to produce a palm seed oil analog with E. coli, we are looking for a specific Acinetobacter strain, in detail Acinetobacter baylyi ADP1. If someone could send us the strain or a specific cPCR product, you would have an overall impact on our project and therefore a nice collaboration.

If you need more details, please send us an email to office [AT] igem-graz.at

Sincerely,
the iGEM Team NAWI_Graz

12. Think of the PLOSibilities Blog Postings

Team: Dalhousie

Team Location: Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada

Contact Information: dalhousieigem2018 [AT] gmail.com

Description:

Hi iGEM teams!

Our team is passionate about making scientific research accessible to as many people as possible. In 2017, we created a blog called Think of the PLOSibilities which posts weekly summaries of open access journals, such as Public Library of Science (PLOS), without heavy scientific jargon. We would love to feature a diverse range of scientific subjects and have representation from scientific communities around the world! If your team is interested in contributing to the blog and submitting your own summary, you can find the steps to submit a summary here: https://plosibilities.wordpress.com/how-to-submit-a-summary and you can find previous postings here: https://plosibilities.wordpress.com/blog/. We look forward to reading your submissions!

Thank you and best of luck with the rest of the season!

- Dalhousie iGEM

11. Instagram Challenge For July

Team: Stony Brook

Team Location: Stony Brook University, New York, USA

Contact Information: Manvi Shah, igem.sbu [AT] gmail.com

Description:

Hello iGEM Teams!

This year, Stony Brook iGEM aims for success beyond just the lab environment. To engage our community and teach them about Synthetic Biology in a more impactful manner, we created an Instagram Challenge for iGEM teams! For the entire month of July, there is a set of daily prompts to encourage teams to share more about their projects and Synthetic Biology! If you are interested in participating or learning more, visit the #iGEMPhotoADay Challenge page that we have created with all of the prompts at https://tinyurl.com/iGEM-Instagram-Challenge and follow us on Instagram @igem.stonybrook!

We are also interested in collaborating in regards to our project itself! Our team is working with the cyanobacteria Synechococcus elongatus PCC 7942 (UTEX 2434) and is working on sucrose production via Gibson Assembly and directed evolution. If any other teams are working with cyanobacteria or directed evolution, we would love to collaborate!

Additionally, thanks to Opentrons, we have access to our own OT-2 Robot and can collaborate on automatic protocols as well!

We wish you luck on your project and can’t wait to see you at the Jamboree!
Best wishes,
Stony Brook iGEM

10. Plate Reader for Inter-Lab

Team: CUNY Kingsborough

Team Location: Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn, New York, USA

Contact Information: Jessica Zhao; zhaojay47 [AT] gmail.com

Description:

Hi there fellow iGEMers!

To complete the interlab study, we need to borrow a plate reader. (Ours broke)

Many Thanks!
Jessica

9. League of Superheroes

Team: RHIT

Team Location: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana, USA

Contact Information: Emilie Deibel - deibelet [AT] rose-hulman.edu

Description:

Every iGEM project is changing the world. We want to recognize the SUPER abilities of all the iGEM teams by creating a league of superheroes made up of superheroes designed by each team based on their project. If your team is interested, please sign up by July 30th here (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfbQ60mINUxxWJgLJhW-ZLJBKEJU3KaJJgd1bfjR PEuzzwcvg/viewform?usp=sf_link) . All superheroes will be placed on a trading card, and each team will receive trading cards from all the teams that participated. What we need from you: Name of Team, Name of Superhero, Contact Info, “Home Base” for your superhero, the Superhero’s Mission, and any Special Powers that your Superhero has. If you have any questions or need help designing your superhero, feel free to email us.

8. Sharing FACS beads for Interlab

Team: Ruia-Mumbai

Team Location: Ramnarain Ruia Autonomous College, Mumbai, India

Contact Information: Anjali Vaidya, catechewingcoli [AT] gmail.com

Description:

Dear fellow iGEMers,
The Interlab study for this year's competition has an EXTRA credit component if teams are able to perform FACS analysis alongside the 96-well plate readings. The teams who perform the FACS will get a special mention in the resulting publication.

Although we have access to a FACS machine, we don't have the specific calibration beads that iGEM requires us to use.

Would any team be interested in splitting the cost of the Rainbow calibration beads (type RCP-30-5A or URCP-38-2K) with us? You only need a few drops to run the calibration so there should be more than enough left from the 5ml pack. Alternatively, if you have the beads and are willing to ship a small aliquot to us, we would be happy to officially list you as a collaborator for this part of the work.

Please let us know if your team is interested in such a collaboration for the FACS module of the Interlab study. Good luck to all team and we look forward to seeing you at the Jamboree!

Cheers,
Team Ruia-Mumbai

7. Survey To Fight Water Pollution

Team: IIT Kanpur

Team Location: IIT Kanpur
Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh
India - 208016

Contact Information: Rishabh Jain, teamigemiitk2k18 [AT] gmail.com

Description:

To the iGEM Family out there,

We at IIT Kanpur, India, are trying to engineer a synthetic biology system to be able to profitably degrade Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate into Lauryl Alcohol. To be able to better contribute towards the environment through our project and achieve the dream of clean water bodies, we need your help.
We aim to collaborate with you, through exchange of knowledge which can be done easily by you filling out the following survey : https://goo.gl/forms/YwyxsR7y7ufGWCl13

We wish you success in your venture and hope this collaboration can become successful.

With love
Team IIT Kanpur

6. Engineered Probiotics Around the World

Team: Unesp Brazil

Team Location: School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Unesp, Brazil

Contact Information: igem.unesp.aqa [AT] gmail.com

Description:

We're interested in learning about the legal and ethical issues of engineered probiotics in different parts of the world, so we're looking for teams from different countries to help us finding information about clinic trials, startups, researches and legal issues regarding genetically modified probiotics in their country. If you are interested, please contact us!
Also, if your team is also working with engineered probiotics, contact us too!

5. A Better Way to Build

Team: William and Mary

Team Location: William & Mary, United States

Contact Information: Ethan Jones email: igem [AT] wm.edu

Description:

Hey teams! Assembling genetic circuits takes time, and time is precious with Giant Jamboree coming up fast in October. To help future teams build circuits faster, part of our work this year is converting some of the most used and greatest basic parts into a form compatible with a new faster hybrid assembly method. We want your best 2018 part to be a part of this library for future teams to use! Please email us at igem [AT] wm.edu if you are interested in having your part in our library. We are happy to answer any of your questions and look forward to hearing from you!

Much love,
William & Mary

4. Fighting Stigma Against Synthetic Biology!

Team: Harvard

Team Location: Harvard University, United States

Contact Information: Jessica DeVilla, Aaron Hodges, Fay Huo, Nathan Sharp, Mark Meneses, and Tajrean Yeana.
Email: higemteam2018 [AT] gmail.com

Description:

Hi everyone,

Calling all iGEM teams! This year, Team Harvard wants to work with you all to end the stigma against synthetic biology. We’ve noticed that human contact with bacteria is frequently associated with negative consequences and as such, it is regarded as dangerous by the general public. As iGEM teams, we understand that genetically engineering bacteria is a largely untapped resource for positive change. Help us show the world the true potential of harnessing bacteria for use in therapeutics, diagnostics, the environment and more!

We plan to release a series of newsletters and articles to showcase all of the cool things teams are doing with bacteria for their projects. We’d love to feature your work in our series! If you’d like to participate, please email a description of your project and if possible, a photo to go along with it to higemteam2018 [AT] gmail.com. The more teams that we hear back from the better! Just a couple minutes of your time could make a big difference in our community.

We look forward to hearing from you and wish you all good luck with your projects!

Warm regards,
The 2018 Harvard iGEM Team

3. Dear Diary

Team: Linkoping Sweden

Team Location: Linköping University, Sweden

Contact Information: Marianne Gavelius, Alexandra Sandéhn and Johanna Granqvist. Mail: igem.linkoping [AT] gmail.com

Description:

Hi everyone!

We from team Linköping (Sweden) have a new idea for a collaboration. We would love it if your team would send us a letter (or an email) with a short text about what you are doing, fun stuff that is happening in and outside of the lab and/or quotes. If you want to it would be fun if you include some photos as well. The goal is to create a book/document from all of the stories that will be published on our facebook page, and home page. If you want to take part, please send your contribution to us before August 1st. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask!

Send the letter to:
LiU iGEM
Kårallen, Linköpings Universitet
581 83 Linköping, Sweden.

If you would rather email us: igem.linkoping [AT] gmail.com

Much love,
LiU iGEM 2018
https://www.facebook.com/LiuIgem/

2. Science Sketch

Team: NYU Abu Dhabi

Team Location: New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Contact Information: Laura Karpauskaite and Doovaraha Maheswarasarma, nyuad.igem [AT] nyu.edu

Description:

Dear iGEM Community,

This is a collaboration request to ALL iGEM teams! Join us in showcasing the wonderment of iGEM and synthetic biology by creating a science sketch of your team’s project or any major techniques/principles that your project is using. Through the series of 1-3-minute sketches, we hope to promote public awareness of the iGEM competition as well as to show how synthetic biology can be utilized to solve problems facing mankind in an innovative manner!

The aim of the science sketches is to make a collaborative educational playlist with videos from teams all over the world, about their projects and/or the scientific principle behind their project. This playlist will be made public, so that any iGEM team can use it in their outreach activities, thus enabling all teams to spread the knowledge of synthetic biology to their communities.

It is preferable that we receive the video of the science sketches before the 20th of September, 2018. This would give us enough time to make the playlist and also show it in outreach events. Please make sure to add your team's name and your institution's name at the end or beginning of the video. Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us! We have also created a detailed description of how to make a science sketch. Hope this helps!

Curious about what science sketches are like? Check out the science sketch that our team has created for iGEM! Here are two other examples, RPA, LAMP, for those considering making one for scientific principles/techniques.

Join us and have a lot of fun! Be creative!
We look forward to hearing from you!

Warm regards,
iGEM NYU Abu Dhabi 2018

1. Postcards

Team: Duesseldorf

Team Location: Heinrich-Heine University, Germany

Contact Information: igem[AT]hhu.de

Description:

Hey iGEM Teams,As we all know iGEM is not only about experiments and labwork but also about bringing the topic “synthetic biology” closer to the public. In order to do so the previous iGEM teams of the Heinrich-Heine-University of Duesseldorf created a project to promote synthetic biology in public using self-designed postcards. Each year a bunch of iGEM teams decided to join which is why the campaign was a huge success with a lot of beautiful and funny postcards as a result.

How does it work? Every participating team designs a postcard which shows an image related to synthetic biology (or your topic) on the front and a small informational text on the back. Afterwards each team’s postcards are exchanged with other iGEM-teams so that every team can collect postcards from all over the world. The received postcards can then be shared with people in the neighborhood, during public events etc.

If you want to check out the last year’s campaigns for inspiration, visit the wiki of Duesseldorf 2016 or the wiki of Duesseldorf-Cologne 2017

How to design your postcards:
Image related to your project or (synthetic) biology in general on the front
Small informational text on the back
Standard postcard format (A6; 14,8cm x 10,5cm)

If you are interested in joining us please let us know until the 15th of June, so we can figure out how many postcards each team should print and send. Please don't forget to include your address! Important: This is not the deadline for sending and designing the postcard!

We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

Much love,
iGEM Team Duesseldorf 2018